VERA DRAKE (5.20) has been racing over shorter trips since going down in a photo finish to Saving Grace over 1m 4f at Doncaster in July but Richard Fahey steps her up to that trip again at Newcastle.
She races off the same mark and Fahey is giving his 7lb apprentice Oakley Brown plenty of decent rides.
CUBAN HEEL (4.15) went down fighting to Deadly Accurate at Epsom last week and third horse Corazon Espinado hosed up 24 hours later. Clive Cox seems to have found Cuban Heel the ideal opening at Ffos Las.
CONNOISSEUR (5.05) was given the usual three backend runs down the field by Sir Mark Prescott and the filly has been awarded a lowly 57 rating. She might be useless but the booking of Serena Brotherton at Brighton would suggest Connoisseur is quite well fancied to make a winning handicap debut.